Declaring/Dropping Majors and Minors

Falk College Student MajorsOther Student MajorsDeclaring a MinorDropping Majors or Minors

Declaring a Major from Within the Falk College

When students enrolled in the Falk College wish to declare, change or add a major within the college they fill out a Declaration of Major form.

The procedure is as follows:

  1. The student makes an appointment with the department responsible for their desired major.
  2. The student meets with the assigned person from the department to discuss the academic program plan and the student’s future academic and career goals.  The student’s transcript is also reviewed to determine if they meet the designated grade point average and any other admissions requirements for the major.
  3. If the student meets the department requirements a Declaration of Major form will be filled out and signed by the person assigned by the department. The student may be required to provide other materials to complete the application.
  4. The Declaration of Major form is delivered (by the student or in interoffice mail) to the Office of Student Services where it is reviewed by the Associate Dean.
  5. If the student meets the criteria, Student Services sends a letter to the student with copies to the department and college recorder. The academic advisor is assigned to the student through the department.
  6. If the student does not meet the criteria, Student Services sends a letter to the student with copies to the department.

Declaring a major in another college or school within SU

Whether you know exactly what you want to study or haven’t narrowed down your multiple interests, you have time to explore before declaring a major. Choose from more than 200 majors and over 100 minors and embrace the interdisciplinary nature of Syracuse University’s academic options. Many students have more than one major or complete a minor to complement their major.

Each college or school has different procedures for declaring a major so check with the major you are interested in for their procedures.

Declaring a Major from Outside of the Falk College

Students must apply for Intra-University Transfer (IUT) when they wish to switch their enrollment to the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics from another SU college or school.

The procedure is as follows:

  1. The student makes an appointment with the department responsible for their desired major (or in the case of undeclared students with the Office of Student Services) to schedule a meeting.
  2. The student meets with the assigned person from the department to discuss the academic program plan and the student’s future academic and career goals.  The student’s transcript is also reviewed to determine if they meet the designated grade point average and any other admissions requirements for the major.
  3. After reviewing the program plan with the student, the assigned person from the department adds any admissions conditions to the IUT form and signs the form under the Academic Program (Home College) line.
  4. If the student meets the department requirements an IUT form will be filled out. The student may be required to provide other materials to complete the application.
  5. The IUT form is delivered (by the student or in interoffice mail) to the Office of Student Services where it is reviewed by the Assistant Dean.
  6. If the student meets the criteria, Student Services sends a letter to the student with copies to the department and college recorder. The academic advisor is assigned to the student through the department.
  7. If the student does not meet the criteria, Student Services sends a letter to the student with copies to the department. The IUT form is held in Student Services until grades are reported at the end of the semester. At this point the IUT is reviewed once more to consider potential changes in all conditions.

Declaring a Minor

Students in the College are strongly encouraged to complete a minor, and should seek assistance from their academic advisors in choosing a minor that will enhance their academic programs and add breadth and depth to their college experience. With careful and early planning, most minors can fit into the undergraduate curriculum without a need of extra coursework.

The procedure to declare a minor is as follows:

  1. The student makes an appointment with the department responsible for their desired minor.
  2. The student meets with the assigned person from the department to discuss the academic program plan and the student’s future academic and career goals.  The student’s transcript is also reviewed to determine if they meet the designated grade point average and any other admissions requirements for the minor.
  3. If the student meets the department requirements a Declaration of Minor form will be filled out and signed by the person assigned by the department. The student may be required to provide other materials to complete the application.
  4. The Declaration of Minor form is delivered (by the student or in interoffice mail) to the Office of Student Services where it is reviewed by the Associate Dean.
  5. If the student meets the criteria, Student Services sends a letter to the student with copies to the department and college recorder. The academic advisor is assigned to the student through the department.
  6. If the student does not meet the criteria, Student Services sends a letter to the student with copies to the department.

Dropping Majors or Minors

The Declaration of Major and Minor forms are also used to drop previously declared majors and minors.  Students should discuss these changes with their academic advisors.  The student then fills out the appropriate form and brings it to the Office of Student Services for Home College Approval.